- 7:00 AM
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve and Curi-Cancha Reserve are all places where this bird watching tour can take place. All three reserves have a number of bird species to spot, but Curi-Cancha is the one that is the best for bird watching. The other two are excellent places to hike and experience the forest.
The Monteverde Cloud Forest is set at an elevation of 4724 ft (1440 m) above sea level, this makes it attract a range of tropical avian species. The resplendent quetzal, a bird that migrates to lower areas of the reserve during the mating season is one of the many birds that can be spotted here. 30 of the 400 species that can be found here are hummingbirds and the endangered three-wattled bellbird, can be found here as well. The Monteverde Cloud Forest has more than 25.730 acres (10.400 ha) of forest and a lot of well-maintained trails.
The Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve is a little higher than the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and also less visited and smaller, with 765 acres (310 ha) of forest. But the plant-rich cloud forest gives visitors a chance to spot a number of bird species including the resplendent quetzal and collared trogon. The cloud forest is a perfect place to hike and to get an unfiltered look of the tropical forests.
The Curi-Cancha Reserve extends across 237 acres (96 ha) and protects primary and secondary rain forests. The trails are well maintained, but might be a bit muddy. The trails for several kilometers. This is the perfect place to spot birds like the keel-billed toucan, blue-throated goldentail, the orange-bellied trogan and many more.
The tour: you will choose one of the three reserves mentioned above for your tour. You will spend the morning walking its trails and looking for birds. The tour usually lasts around 5 to 6 hours, but it is dependent on the endurance of the group. You can start to tour between 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM. Whether you are going with your family, a group or by yourself, there will always be a naturalist guide with you to lead the way and answer all your questions.
- 7:00 AM / 5 hours